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A Little Bit of Sanity and A Lot of Chaos: Kitchen Island

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Kitchen Island

This was the dresser I found at a thrift store in our town. I wrote about it here. It was $18.00. If I remember correctly, which I'm sure I don't. I saw Michelle's dresser island at From House to Home and had the idea to put one in our kitchen, I'd wanted an island for awhile, just didn't know what to do for one. I thought it would take awhile to find one, but the very next day I found this. Oh. It was 2 days before Christmas.

We finally made it down to Ikea to get our butcher block top. It's a four hour round trip. We actually had a pretty good trip, with just one tiny meltdown from an exhausted Jack about 45 minutes from home.

Here is what the island looked like after I painted it Black Suede by Behr in Satin. You can still see some of the wood undertone...if you remember I did that on purpose. I love the way that looks for some reason.

We were going to just put the block on top and attach it underneath. But, after looking at it resting on top we decided to remove the top of the dresser. (Plus, if we ever end up moving and we don't need an island, this is a fantastic dresser. So, we are keeping the top of the dresser.) When I say we took off the top, I mean Tom. I was too busy playing Memory with the boys. Plus, he likes to feel useful.

We (He) attached the L-brackets on the inside of the dresser.

And then just screwed it in.

I love it. I love it. I love it.

The top was $39. That's it. So this entire island cost us under sixty dollars.

Thank you Michelle for the idea!

Linking to: Transformation Thursday, Frugalicious Friday, Furniture Feature Friday, Saturday Night Special, Metamorphosis Monday, Make it for Monday, DIY Day, Power of Paint.

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Blogger Hissyfits & Halos said...

I love it! It looks even better than I thought it would! I'm awe inspired. Maybe I need to go shopping at the thrift stores, here. :) Great job, girly. It looks beautiful!

January 27, 2010 at 1:17 PM  
Blogger Becca said...

Awesome, awesome idea !! If I didn't already have an island, I'd soooooooo be "borrowing" this !! It looks wonderful in your great kitchen. Take care, Becca

January 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Annie @ The House That Jade Built said...

What a great idea! Plus look at all the added storage you get too! I love the undertoned wood look too :)

January 27, 2010 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger Ally said...

Excellent! Doesn't it revolutionize your kitchen? It looks beautiful!Thanks for your comment.

January 27, 2010 at 5:46 PM  
Blogger Queenplinker said...

O.k that''s an amazing dresser and it rocks in the kitchen!!!

Your comment cracked me up, stalk away, we'll just be circling each other.lol


January 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM  
Blogger Ruby Red Slippers said...

LOVE IT!!! What a great idea!!!

January 27, 2010 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Amy Lynne said...

BEAUTIFUL! It turned out great!

January 27, 2010 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Its So Very Cheri said...



January 28, 2010 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

That is just totally gorgeous!!

January 28, 2010 at 3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That really looks great! The fact that you put the butcher block on top makes it really look like an island and not a dresser. (I agree--it is a great dresser too). Great idea!!

January 28, 2010 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger gail@myrepurposedlife.blogspot.com said...

love, love, love it!
I wish I had room in my kitchen for an island.
great job!

January 28, 2010 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Vintage Junky said...

that is a great idea! Perfect for extra storage!


January 28, 2010 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger Frugal Home Design said...

That is awesome. Great idea.

January 28, 2010 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Candace@craftysisters-nc said...

I love it! Brilliant idea!

January 29, 2010 at 12:25 AM  
Blogger design_aholic said...

wow, how neat! I really like that!

January 29, 2010 at 12:27 AM  
Blogger Treasia Stepp said...

It looks fantastic. I love the use of an old dresser turned island. Great idea.

January 29, 2010 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger FleaMarketTrixie said...

What a great island that made, very pretty, love it!

January 29, 2010 at 8:17 AM  
Blogger inadvertent farmer said...

That is just too cool! Great job, Kim

January 29, 2010 at 2:25 PM  
Blogger Lou Cinda said...

I LOVE the look of dressers turned islands! PLUS you have storage!!

It looks GREAT!

Lou Cinda

January 29, 2010 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

That looks awesome all finished! The top for it was a steal, I need to get to Ikea soon. We have to drive to ours as well. It looks great in your kitchen, absolutely love it!

January 29, 2010 at 3:05 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Wow...you have been busy! Love both your wingback chair redo and the fabulous dresser repurposed! Your kitchen has so much charm now, and like you...I love painting old pieces black. I think it adds both a modern and vintage touch! Thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicious Friday! I always look forward to your projects!

January 29, 2010 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Miss Mustard Seed said...

This is a great use for a dresser! What a cool island. Cheaper and so much better than anything you could buy premade. You are my kind of girl with all of these furniture makeovers. You rock!

January 29, 2010 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger Terri said...

I love the repurposing of this dresser! Great job! Come on over and pay me a visit!

January 29, 2010 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I swear I commented on this already. Did you delete my comment? J/K!!! I love this so much. I wish I had room for one of these in our kitchen. If I ever do, I'm so stealing this.

January 29, 2010 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger micah @ the yellow front door said...

That's amazing, great job!! Love how it contrasts with your white cabinets.

January 30, 2010 at 9:10 AM  
Blogger Carli said...

Hi there! I've been working on something VERY similar to this, and I have almost the exact same piece-except I've been slacking on finishing it! I think you have motivated me to finnish mine . . . Great job!

January 30, 2010 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger One Cheap B*tch said...

First off, great idea! Looks gorgeous! Secondly, I hear ya about PR and not knowing what to do next. PR burns you out!

January 30, 2010 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Funky Junk Interiors said...

WONDERFUL! Love this piece! And I'm so with you. I prefer an island to look like a piece of furniture rather than a boxy cupboard. So why not use the real deal?

Thanks for linking up to SNS!
FJ Donna

January 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM  
Blogger rosemst2t said...

Wow, love it! Great repurpose.

January 30, 2010 at 3:20 PM  
Blogger Tammy at Tattered and Timeless said...

Beautiful job. And I like that you saved it to be a dresser again someday. Yes gotta love Ikea but why are they all a 4 hour round trip? Ours is that way and after my son and hubby broke the first apron sink I had to go back again to get another. Speaking of - it has been awhile since I have seen Ikea - gotta plan another trip.

January 30, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger Chandra said...

This is an incredible idea! Its so great because if you have limited floor space in your kitchen you can still have an island. Great inspiration!

January 30, 2010 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Kristi @ Pink and Polka Dot said...

i love this! great re-do! your blog is so fabulous!

January 31, 2010 at 8:31 AM  
Blogger Beansieleigh said...

Oh my gosh!.. I have just moved into a new apartment where a full sized kitchen table will not fit (since I would not part with my kitchen hutch!), but with all the baking I LOVE to do, I keep pulling out a card table for the extra table space... THIS, however, just might work for me! LOVE this idea, and LOVE how yours looks! I'll be measuring my floor space and thinking more on this TONIGHT! ~tina

January 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger Denise Marie said...

you guys rocked it!! I love it.

January 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM  
Blogger nannykim said...

Such a wonderful idea; I love it. Such a personal touch and homey and convenient!


January 31, 2010 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger michelle@somedaycrafts said...

That is an awesome idea! I love it!!!

January 31, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger trish said...

Great job!
Love it!
:o) Trish

January 31, 2010 at 6:14 PM  
Blogger black eyed susans kitchen said...

Awesome kitchen island...love the paint on the dresser and the butcher block top.

January 31, 2010 at 6:46 PM  
Blogger Allison Shops said...

Great job! You'll enjoy your new island for years to come.

Cute blog name, btw.

January 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unbelievably great idea! You are just so creative.

January 31, 2010 at 7:34 PM  
Blogger SouthernGal said...

Great idea. Turned out perfectly!

Christi @ A Southern Life

January 31, 2010 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Kammy said...

Super cute and what a great bargin !

January 31, 2010 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger dee dee said...

Wonderful thrifty island! Great re-do!
Dee Dee

January 31, 2010 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

Nice kitchen island...♥♥♥ it!

January 31, 2010 at 9:23 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

I love it! It is hard to find a built in island with any design detail. This is a perfect way to add some beauty AND function! Beautiful!

February 1, 2010 at 10:34 AM  
Blogger Sharlotte said...

I LOVE this! You did such a great job...it's perfect for your kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing!

February 1, 2010 at 12:24 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

I ♥ it too!!! It turned out so well...you should be proud!


February 1, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

I love it, Kirsty! It turned out awesome. And the paint color is great, too. In some of the pics it almost looks blue! Great job!

Happy MM!


February 1, 2010 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

The top really stands out against that black. What a looker!
Cindy at Lakewood

February 1, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

omg I want to get a bigger house so I can do this as well :)

February 1, 2010 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Amazing! If I ever have space for an island, this is what I am going to do. I just love it!

February 1, 2010 at 11:48 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

No way! I totally have this EXACT same dresser. I've had it since I was a kid and I loved it so much that I took it with me when I grew up and moved. I'm 25yo now and I've been mulling over refinishing it lately as all this DIY stuff sucks me in (I'm a new DIY addict). Its so banged up, it's moved with me about 7x in the past decade, it needs some TLC. Gosh thats crazy. I've been wondering what it would look like if I painted it black. Thank you for saying what color/brand you used, because I'm going to copy you right to the T! Lol! It's gorgeous! Now I cant wait to get started!

February 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM  
Blogger michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I liked this so much I've come back to feature it at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my "featured" button.

February 2, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Tara said...

This is FANTASTIC and looks BEAUTIFUL in your kitchen!!!

February 3, 2010 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Stacie@HobbitDoor said...

That is a great island! Good job!

February 5, 2010 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

Never would have thought of taking a dresser and making it an island. Nice

February 5, 2010 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Jen @ Just for Rachel said...

WOW! This is amazing! I have been thinking my kitchen needs a island, but I didn't want a big one, plus how would I make it match my cabinets? This is perfect! I am pretty sure we have matching kitchen's too. I have white cabinets, black appliances, and our counters look the same as well, so I would be making mine black too. I just wish I had dark knobs like you!

February 9, 2010 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

I found you through another blog because I saw your kitchen island and fell in love. I really need some extra storage and counter space in my kitchen, but I'm a little bit broke. I totally think I could do this! Can I ask what you did to the back of the dresser? My kitchen is very open, so if I had something in there, it would have to look "pretty" on both sides!

March 12, 2010 at 10:36 PM  

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